Getting On With It ….. An Arbour Tale in Gertie’s Garden.
Getting On With It
An Arbour Tale in Gertie’s Garden.
Evening skies are fabulous, and daytimes are hot and dry. Teds have been drawn outside into Gertie’s Garden. Following Red’s foray with his pals, Gustave, Percy, Foxley, Hedgeley, Saffy and Leona, other Teds wanted to go and visit the duck and goose and have rides on their downy concrete backs, and they did!
Just look at Fuzzy, Samantha, Loppilugz and Sheldon, watched from up a tree by Muffin … they loved the ride!
Normandy and Goldi looked on, chatting and laughing, from a vantage point on the ceramic Blue Ball. They liked the woodlands around the Blue Hill.
The view from the top of the Bird Table was terrific.
It excited Red so much, that he persuaded Harry Tiger Ted to,
“Come up and take a look!”
The leaves in the woodland below were wonderfully different shapes, colours and sizes. Foxley and Charley sat and gazed around them.
The two Teds sat companiably for hours, not even noticing a little shower, sheltered as they were by the Bird Table roof. It was restful in the garden.
Upstairs in the Glassroom, watching rain dribbling down the windows, Pedro dreamed of being down there too.
He dreamed of swinging in the Barmy Baskets …..
….. of standing on the roof of the Bird Table …..
….. of sitting on the Blue Ball , just as other Teds had described……
In his dreams he sat astride the bean canes and sniffed the sweet pea flowers.
Eventually, he went down to Gertie’s Garden with his pal, Woof, and together they sat by Tiny Pond, hoping to see Mr. Frog or Chataigne.
Neither Pompom and Spike, playing in the undergrowth…..
,…. nor Foxley, Charley or Harry up in the Bird table Garden, noticed the two, quiet Teds, when finally, the happy band went back to the Pads for their supper.
Oh dear! Wait for Pedro! Wait for Woof! But the two Teds remained un-noticed.
Pedro and Woof were found the following day by another group of Teds but answered sadly “No”, when asked if they had seen the frogs.
Everybody had a look around Tiny Pond, but there was not a frog in sight.
Back at the Pads, Woof told Red all about it.
“We were hungry,” said Woof, “and Pedro was glad that he had his woolly titfer!
Lazy days continued for the Teds, down in Gertie’s Garden: they sunbathed at Blue Hill, on a soft bed of Blue Fir branch …..
Clambering over Barmy Baskets and shed walls, they looked down on lovely flowers and tiny critters!….. *
Teds danced with pink fuchsias …..
….they rode through jungly branches on goose’s .feathered, concrete back.
One day they watched enchanted, as bubbles blew about in the breeze!
,In shady corners, industrious adolescent spiders were preparing webs around the garden, as Teds lazed happily in lingering Summer sunlight.
Lazy, Summer days would be changing to Autumn ones soon. Teds anticipated blackberries and beans from the garden and who knows what they might find elsewhere in Parks, or wilder places.
There was much to look forward to.
Anne ….. August, 2015
*Teds learnt that the butterfly was a Holly Blue.
*The stripey moth was a rare Jersey Tiger moth.